08/29/14 4:59pm

The Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) is prepared for the surge of travelers expected to use the commonwealth’s interstates and highways over the extended Labor Day holiday travel period.

From noon today until noon Tuesday, VDOT is suspending most road work and lifting lane closures on most interstates in Virginia to ease the travel woes of Labor Day travelers.

If you are traveling, check 511 for real-time traffic information. Get updates along the way with VDOT’s free mobile 511 app or by calling 511 from any phone in Virginia. Please don’t drive and call at the same time; pull over or have a passenger call 511 for you.

08/29/14 2:38pm
National Book Festival, 2012

National Book Festival, 2012 by Photo Phiend, on Flickr

The 14th annual Library of Congress National Book Festival at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, D.C. will feature authors, poets and illustrators in several pavilions well into the evening. Festival-goers can meet and hear firsthand from their favorite poets and authors, get books signed, enjoy special entertainment, and stay up late for special new graphic novel, poetry and film programs.

For more information about the festival, click this link.

08/29/14 1:42pm

This is an update to this post.


Route 1 is closed in both directions from Slater’s Lane to 1st Street, except for one northbound lane, for several fallen electrical poles. The public is urged to use caution in the area and treat all uncontrolled intersections (no power or officer directing traffic) as a four-way stop.

The fallen poles have caused power outages in the area, and initial estimates are that removal of the poles could take up to 10 hours. The cause is currently being investigated.

The Charles Houston Recreation Center & Memorial Pool are also closed until further notice due to the outage. Both facilities will reopen once power has been restored.

Report power outages to Dominion Virginia Power at www.dom.com or by calling 1-866-DOM-HELP (1-866-366-4357).

08/29/14 12:51pm

Power lines down near Yates Car Wash in 1000 block on North Henry Street in Old Town Alexandria, Virginia. Use Slater’s Lane and Powhatan Street to get around. Updating the post with photos and status updates as I get them. You can send photos to lee at redbricktown dot us.


08/28/14 11:15am
Chesapeake Bay Bridge

Chesapeake Bay Bridge by Melissa Clark, on Flickr

Labor Market Improvements And Positive Consumer Outlook
Spur 0.6 Percent Increase In Travel

It’s known as summer’s ‘last hurrah’. Mindful of this, and with a stock of vacation days to spare, fourteen percent of the population in the Greater Washington metro area are expected to take to the roads, sky, rails and watercraft to celebrate the last summer travel period estimates AAA Mid-Atlantic. This is a slight increase of 0.6 percent over 2013.

That fourteen percent figure equates to more than 842,000 people in the Washington D.C. area traveling from Thursday through Monday for the Labor Day holiday weekend with the majority expected to travel by car. The figure also represents the highest number of holiday travelers hailing from the Washington metro area for a Labor Day Holiday weekend since 2008, or the mid-point of the “Great Recession,” which officially lasted from December 2007 to June 2009.


08/28/14 10:49am
Morning on the Marsh

Morning on the Marsh by Geoff Livingston, on Flickr

For our morning links, while you slept, showered, shaved, and got your Starbucks, we scanned the local papers, blogs, and websites to find the most interesting stories in them you might have missed.